Dun & Bradstreet Company History

Dun & Bradstreet, the leading provider of credit building and credibility solutions for businesses, has roots that can be traced back to the beginning of the credit industry, when in 1837 the first credit information bureau was established in New York City by a Mr. Church. For over 170 years, millions of businesses have relied on credit services to pave their path to business success.

Today Dun & Bradstreet’s business credit monitoring and credibility solutions are currently leveraged by hundreds of thousands of companies that recognize the value of effectively establishing and protecting their positive business reputation.

Dun & Bradstreet solutions for emerging businesses provide increased visibility into understanding, building and monitoring the scores and ratings that impact a business’s ability to establish lender, vendor and partner relationships and obtain important credit and financial services. Dun & Bradstreet Credit Advisors have the unique ability to work with companies to submit additional trade reference data to Dun & Bradstreet to build the most comprehensive credit profile and have the greatest impact on their Dun & Bradstreet scores and ratings.

Our business credit products feature the Dun & Bradstreet D-U-N-S® Number, a unique nine-digit identification sequence used by the world’s most influential standards-setting organizations and recognized, recommended and often required by global corporations, governments, industry and trade associations. Many of our products include Dun & Bradstreet’s proprietary set of key ratings including the PAYDEX® Score, a predictive indicator for paying bills on time; the Financial Stress Score, an indicator of financial stress in the next 12 months; and the Credit Limit Recommendation, which provides guidelines for extending business credit and an overall D&B Rating which addresses the overall assessment of a business.

Dun & Bradstreet is headquartered in Short Hills, NJ. Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. is the world’s leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses.

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